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Cal Fire Chief Wanted in Connection to Fiancee’s Death Is Now in Custody

A Cal Fire battalion chief wanted in connection to the brutal slaying of his fiancee was in custody Friday following a two-week manhunt, according to Sacramento County sheriff homicide detectives.

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Investigators believe 55-year-old Orville Fleming, a Cal Fire battalion chief, stabbed a woman to death in south Sacramento. (Credit: California DMV/KTXL)

Authorities had been searching for Orville “Moe” Fleming since Sarah Douglas was found dead in their Sacramento home on May 1, a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department news release stated.

Douglas, 26, appeared to have been stabbed and strangled, according to CNN.

Evidence linking Fleming to the crime was found in his work truck, which was found near their home shortly after her death.

The 24-year veteran with the agency met Douglas through an escort service, and detectives believed someone else connected to the service may have helped him flee the area, CNN reported.

Fleming and Douglas’s relationship was unstable and she had previously tried to leave him, according to her aunt.